Educational Therapy Team
Educational Therapist Team
Ann, ET/P, M.A. is a life-long educator, and has taught groups from kindergarteners to working adults. Ann has developed specialized expertise in the very challenging, highly-specialized area of providing educational therapy to children with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and moderate-high functioning students with autism.
Early in her career as an educator, Ann earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from Cal State Northridge, with honors, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. At first, Ann applied her skills to training employees at prestigious financial institutions and healthcare companies. After the events of 9/11, however, Ann was moved to obtain her elementary teaching credential and has been teaching children ever since.
For the next 12 years, Ann served as an extremely popular classroom and resource teacher. She worked with a wide range of students who were considered both special needs and gifted, while simultaneously raising her own special needs and “twice gifted” children. Her experiences as a mom and teacher led her to appreciate both how much children with learning difficulties may suffer stigmatizing effects, and how far behind they tend to lag behind their peers.
Ever the problem-solver, Ann decided to “be part of the solution” and pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Therapy so she could directly help struggling students achieve their potential. She completed that rigorous, multi-year graduate program with distinction while working with McGraw-Hill’s educational division, training teachers to best use state-of-the-art classroom resources. Ann also received extensive post-graduate training in several prominent literacy programs, including Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing.
Working with students is a “labor of love” for Ann. She takes particular pride in sharing her educational philosophy with them: “Mistakes should be embraced and celebrated — making mistakes is how and when we learn.” Ann believes that students prosper in safe, warm, rewarding environments, where they learn to “fish” for themselves and face future challenges independently.
Ann has been helping students at Child Success Center since 2018.
Nicola, ET, was born in South Africa and moved to Los Angeles as a high school student, with a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Her training began at UCLA as an elementary school teaching assistant. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree and Multiple Subject Credential, Nicola started teaching in the Culver City Unified School District. It was during that time that she received her Master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. After realizing how much she enjoyed working with children in small groups or one-on-one, Nicola went on to receive her Educational Therapy Certificate from CSUN. After over 30 years in education, Nicola continues to love working with students and learning new ways to meet the needs of each individual child.